Card meanings: five of cups


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Sacrifice. This is a card of loss and of mourning. The loss itself is usually a very real and tangible thing (find what it is by looking at the aspecting and associated cards). The subtext of this card is hope, but respect the loss before dismissing it altogether. It is quite possible that your client is feeling very strongly about their loss and is not ready to be told that “two out of five cups are still standing.” For complete information on this card including how to use it to manifest your desires please try out a copy of The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot—EVER!!

 

Five of Cups — Rider Deck Blue Box The Five of Cups Description:  A man stands mourning his fortunes. His focus is on the three spilled cups (an obvious loss), but he either ignores, or cannot see, the two behind him. His modest estate lies in the distance, but before he gets there he has a bridge to cross, one that will force him to leave the scene of his loss, and in doing so leave behind a piece of him: his now shattered plans and expectations of what was to be. This card is simultaneously dependent on and also a reaction to unfortunate events. As such, it is both unpleasant and mutable in nature.

Prime elements at work in this card

  • Number: Five. Broken structure/routine. Forced changes. Odd
  • Suit: Cups. Deep emotions, loyalty, regret, sadness, pain
  • Direction: East-Southeast. Sacrifice, secret enemies. Just before dawn
  • Element: Water. Resignation, despair, endure, propitiation, aby (penance)

Traditional meaning: Sacrifice. This is a card of loss and of mourning. The loss itself is usually a very real and tangible thing (find what it is by looking at the aspecting and associated cards). The subtext of this card is hope, but respect the loss before dismissing it altogether. It is quite possible that your client is feeling very strongly about their loss and is not ready to be told that “two out of five cups are still standing.” In time the loss will be left behind, and the mess will be cleaned. Perhaps that time is now. Proceed gently here in your advice: This card is not a total loss (see 10 of Swords), but it does entail emotional despair, and a need for support and healing.

Traditional reversed meaning: Recovering from distant wounds and pain. Can also indicate a recovering alcoholic. It’s time to forget the past and take positive action. A renewing of faith after hard times. Courage against loss. “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!!”

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